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  • Madrid trade mark system gaining ground, says WIPO

    February 28, 2008

    The number of trade marks filed through the Madrid system grew by almost 10% last year, according to the latest WIPO statistics

  • Cybersquatting on the rise, warns MarkMonitor

    February 26, 2008

    Cybersquatting attacks on brand owners grew by 33% last year, according to a study released yesterday by internet services company MarkMonitor

  • Web seminar on anti-counterfeiting in China

    February 25, 2008

    Managing IP will be hosting a free web seminar, in association with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, on anti-counterfeiting in China on March 19 at 12 noon EST

  • Asian companies scale PCT filings list

    February 25, 2008

    Japanese electronics manufacturer Matsushita has toppled Dutch rival Philips Electronics off the top spot of the list of biggest PCT filers

  • Importers’ re-boxing does not damage trade marks

    February 25, 2008

    Parallel importers will be celebrating after the latest ruling addressing the thorny problem of re-branding, re-boxing and de-branding of pharmaceuticals in the European Union

  • Microsoft makes interoperability commitments

    February 24, 2008

    Microsoft has pledged to make it easier for rival businesses to make products that are interoperable with its own software

  • Thai government could reverse drug patent policy

    February 18, 2008

    Thailand’s new public health minister has announced a review of three compulsory licences announced by his predecessor in January this year

  • US names new USPTO advisers

    February 15, 2008

    Department of Commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez has appointed three new members to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and three new members to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC)

  • Commission to reexamine copyright levies

    February 14, 2008

    The European Commission is to consult on the level of copyright levies in the EU, Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today

  • Performers win copyright extension in EU

    February 14, 2008

    In a surprise move, the European Commission has revealed plans to extend the term of copyright protection for European performers from 50 years to 95 years

  • Texas jury tells Boston Scientific to pay inventor $431.8 million

    February 14, 2008

    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas has decided that Boston Scientific should pay nearly $432 million to Bruce Saffran for infringing his patent over a drug-eluting heart stent system

  • 15 candidates compete for WIPO DG role

    February 13, 2008

    Fifteen candidates have been nominated to stand for the post of the new director-general for WIPO. Six nominations were received by the Organization yesterday, while three applications were finalized today

  • Ralph Lauren loses to Australian parallel importer

    February 13, 2008

    American clothes designer Ralph Lauren has lost a key copyright case against a businessman importing cheaper – but genuine – Ralph Lauren clothes from the US into Australia

  • US sentences record numbers of IP infringers, says Bush report

    February 12, 2008

    The US Department of Justice undertook a record number of IP-related investigations last year, according to a report presented yesterday by the head of the Bush administration’s IP enforcement team

  • Postal service asked to change rules on fakes

    February 11, 2008

    Members of the organization that represents postal services around the world may vote to include counterfeits in its official list of prohibited articles for mailing, under a proposal to be discussed later this year

  • WIPO receives first female DG application

    February 11, 2008

    WIPO could have its first woman director-general later this year after Poland nominated Alicja Adamczak, president of the country’s patent office, as its candidate

  • EPO chair hints at fee rises

    February 11, 2008

    The chair of the EPO’s Administrative Council has indicated that fees for patent applicants might have to rise for the Office to cover the costs of examination

  • Judge hears arguments in continuations case

    February 11, 2008

    Judge James Cacheris heard arguments on Friday in the closely watched legal battle over the USPTO's plans to introduce new rules on continuations applications

  • Unions oppose US patent reform plans

    February 11, 2008

    Representatives of 14 US workers’ unions have written a letter expressing their fierce opposition to Senate bill S1145, which seeks to amend the US Patent Act

  • UK IP office in software patent u-turn

    February 08, 2008

    The UK Intellectual Property Office has changed its official policy on the patenting of software, two weeks after a High Court judge said that the Office was wrong to reject all patent claims to computer program products

  • DotAsia auction process takes off

    February 06, 2008

    A bidder has paid more than $20,000 for in the first round of auctions for domains that received more than one valid application during the .asia sunrise period

  • Dudas answers patent reform questions

    February 06, 2008

    In a teleconference with the media yesterday, USPTO director Jon Dudas fielded questions regarding the administration’s views on Senate bill S1145, which were outlined in a letter circulated on Monday by the Department of Commerce

  • France nominates Petit for WIPO DG post

    February 06, 2008

    WIPO received its first director-general nomination from a European country yesterday, when France named Philippe Petit as its candidate to succeed Kamil Idris

  • Japan boosts Africa with $1 million funding

    February 06, 2008

    The Japan Patent Office (JPO) is to create an IP fund to help African countries protect and use intellectual property

  • UK rejects private enforcement right

    February 06, 2008

    Representatives of brand owners have expressed disappointment after the UK government said it will not give businesses the right to take private action against lookalike packaging

  • Bush administration speaks out on patent reform

    February 05, 2008

    The Department of Commerce released a letter yesterday voicing the Bush administration’s views on the pending Senate version of The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S1145), which has caused a recent flurry of activity within the patent community

  • Japan names DG candidate

    February 05, 2008

    The Japanese government will nominate Yo Takagi, a WIPO executive director, as its candidate to be the Organization’s next director-general

  • As patent reform heats up, two reports urge compromise

    February 04, 2008

    Two reports released last week stress the need for extensive amendments to the US Patent Reform Act of 2007 and urge Congress to work toward a consensus on the proposed legislation

  • EU threatens Taiwan with WTO action

    February 04, 2008

    The European Commission has issued a report strongly condemning the compulsory licensing system in Taiwan and threatening to start a case at the WTO within two months if no action is taken

  • Microsoft bid for Yahoo highlights IP issues

    February 04, 2008

    Microsoft bid $44.6 billion to acquire internet company, Yahoo, on Friday, highlighting the increasing importance of the online services market and the value of effective branding – two crucial subjects for IP owners

  • Revealed: 2008 patent survey results

    February 04, 2008

    Finnegan Henderson and Fish & Richardson are the big winners in this year’s Managing IP survey of the leading patent firms in the US

  • TM directive no bar to comparative advertising

    February 04, 2008

    Comparative advertising is likely to be harder to stop in the European Union, following an ECJ opinion delivered last week in a dispute between telecoms companies O2 and 3

  • US seizures up 27% last year

    February 04, 2008

    US Customs seized fake goods worth $200 million last year, a 27% increase on 2006, a senior IP official at the US Department of Commerce told anti-counterfeiting lawyers and enforcement officers gathered in Dubai yesterday

  • Why brand owners must help Customs

    February 04, 2008

    Companies in the food industry have an “immense obligation” to consumers, a lawyer for Swiss chocolate and coffee company Nestlé told an audience of IP professionals on Monday

  • Setback for Novartis in India

    February 02, 2008

    India’s Supreme Court postponed a key hearing into the validity of Swiss drug maker Novartis’ anti-cancer drug Glivec on Monday

  • Patent firms of the year

    February 01, 2008

    This month Managing IP reveals the results of part one of the world's most detailed and authoritative survey of the IP market. Following five months' research, in this issue we list the leading firms in patent prosecution and contentious work in 65 jurisdictions

  • Survey results: Africa and Middle East

    February 01, 2008

    Leading patent firms in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and UAE

  • Survey results: Americas

    February 01, 2008

    Top-rated firms in Argentina, Brazil, the Caribbean, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and all the US categories

  • Survey results: Asia

    February 01, 2008

    Firms ranked in tiers for Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam

  • Survey results: Europe

    February 01, 2008

    Most highly rated firms in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and UK

  • How Seagate has reshaped patent litigation practices

    February 01, 2008

    The CAFC's decision In re Seagate reshaped the rules on wilful infringement and the use of opinions. Eileen McDermott asseses the impact so far

  • Asia's patent quality leaders

    February 01, 2008

    The rate of patenting in Asian countries has increased dramatically over the past decade. But what about the quality? Peter Ollier considers the evidence

  • Adiós language woes, bonjour automatic translations?

    February 01, 2008

    Rows about language regimes have stymied attempts to lower the cost of patenting in Europe. Emma Barraclough asks whether automatic translations could be the solution

  • Slam dunk the domain name slammers

    February 01, 2008

    Domain name slamming is one of the latest internet scams. Nick Wood explains how IP owners can protect themselves from it

  • A practical guide to stopping the copiers

    February 01, 2008

    The supply of counterfeits from factories in China creates a big headache for brand owners. Mark Chernick outlines some unorthodox cures

  • Why patent life expectancy matters

    February 01, 2008

    Peter Ollier looks at a range of statistics at the EPO, USPTO and JPO to see if patent renewal rates are decreasing and analyzes the implications

  • Re-awake and exploit historic brands

    February 01, 2008

    John Coldham explains how to refresh a dormant brand and how IP owners can protect their shelved rights from rivals

  • Protecting healthcare IP in India

    February 01, 2008

    Shwetasree Majumder and Lucy Harrold look at how pharmaceutical trade marks, data and medical devices are protected in India

  • Fees may rise as EPO stresses quality

    February 01, 2008

    Interview: Roland Grossenbacher, director of Switzerland's Federal Institute of Intellectual Property and chair of the EPO's Administrative Council talks about patents, EPO challenges and patent policy in Europe

  • Letter from the editor...

    February 01, 2008

    Introducing this year's world IP survey

  • Court rules on non-essentiality of patents

    February 01, 2008

    The UK High Court has made its first declaration of non-essentiality (DONE) in a patent dispute between two telecoms companies

  • UK loses leading patent judge

    February 01, 2008

    Lord Justice Nicholas Pumfrey, a patent specialist judge in London, has died of a stroke

  • KSR cited as court backs $226.3 million award

    February 01, 2008

    Biedermann Motech and its licensee DePuy Spine won a patent infringement case in one of the first decisions to apply the US Supreme Court's directives in KSR v Teleflex

  • No copyright levy on normal printers, says German Court

    February 01, 2008

    A collecting society has reacted angrily to a German decision not to apply copyright levies to normal, everyday computer printers

  • WIPO countdown begins

    February 01, 2008

    The first nominations are in to succeed Kamil Idris as director general of WIPO

  • Apple cuts iTunes prices as EU ponders copyright rules

    February 01, 2008

    Music buyers in the UK will soon pay less to download music from Apple's iTunes store after the US company said it would standardize music prices across Europe

  • Continuations rules promote the public interest

    February 01, 2008

    The USPTO's new rules on claims and continuations will overwhelmingly benefit the public interest and should be supported, argues Daniel Ravicher

  • Record industry beats Yahoo! China, but loses to Baidu

    February 01, 2008

    A Beijing appeal court has upheld a lower court's decision to find Yahoo! China, the search engine owned by online commerce group Alibaba, liable for copyright infringement

  • Danone in talks over Chinese trade mark

    February 01, 2008

    The Wahaha trade mark belongs to Chinese drinks maker Wahaha Group and not to French food maker Danone, according to the Hangzhou Arbitration Commission

  • Japan and US map new route for patents

    February 01, 2008

    The JPO and USPTO will launch a pilot work-sharing project known as the New Route on January 28

  • Supreme Court tackles patent exhaustion

    February 01, 2008

    The US Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the closely watched patent exhaustion case Quanta Computer v LG Electronics

  • US Senate approves Hague Agreement

    February 01, 2008

    The US Senate has voted to ratify the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement

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